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Difference over Gafoor overplayed

Former home secretary Ram Pradhan told Ketaki Ghoge that the contention between the state and panel over former police commissioner Hasan Gafoor has been overplayed.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2009 00:19 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

Former home secretary Ram Pradhan told Ketaki Ghoge that the contention between the state and panel over former police commissioner Hasan Gafoor has been overplayed. Pradhan, who prepared the 26/11 probe report, said the panel’s main effort was to ensure that the police get adequate means of training, equipment to handle terror threats and that the faith of the city was instilled back in the force.

Government did not table the entire report. This has led to more questions over the attacks than answers.

The government may have had its reasons to not table it. It might have thought certain portions sensitive; it’s government’s view. Sometime, the report will be made public.

There are rebuttals in the Action Taken Report (ATR) by the government against committee findings.

I don’t think so. I find the ATR quite positive, they have accepted many of the findings. They have not accepted our statement on Gafoor, but this has also been overplayed. We have just pointed out that Gafoor did not follow standard procedure that mandates the city police chief to be in the command and centre of such operations.

There are other disagreements, for instance over ammunition supplies…

In the larger picture, it doesn’t matter. Both sides may be right (police and state), it’s quibbling. After the Indo-China war, there was talk about how there was enough ammunition. But, if the stocks are not used what’s the point.

The panel’s main effort was to ensure that police get adequate training, equipment to handle a terror threat. We have pointed out that this was a war-like situation that no police force in the country could handle.

Why has no responsibility been pinned on then state police chief A.N. Roy? Have other police officials got their say in the report?

Our report is exhaustive. Roy did whatever was possible within his constraints.